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Johnnie Ray

American singer, actor, songwriter and composer

Johnnie Ray

American singer, actor, songwriter and composer
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birthday
10th
January, 1927
Death
24th
February, 1990
Birth Place
Dallas, Oregon, U.S.
Birth Sign
capricorn
Biography

John Alvin Ray (January 10, 1927 – February 24, 1990) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Highly popular for most of the 1950s, Ray has been cited by critics as a major precursor to what became rock and roll, for his jazz and blues-influenced music, and his animated stage personality.Tony Bennett called Ray the “father of rock and roll,” and historians have noted him as a pioneering figure in the development of the genre.
Raised in The Dalles, Oregon, Ray, who was partially deaf, began singing professionally at age fifteen on Portland radio stations. He gained a local following singing at small, predominantly African-American nightclubs in Detroit, where he was discovered in 1949 and subsequently signed to Okeh Records, a subsidiary of Columbia Records. He rose quickly from obscurity in the United States with the release of his debut album Johnnie Ray (1952), as well as with a 78 rpm single, both of whose sides reached the Billboard magazine’s Top Hot 100 chart, “Cry” and “The Little White Cloud That Cried”.
In 1954, Ray made his first and only major motion picture, There’s No Business Like Show Business as part of an ensemble cast that included Ethel Merman and Marilyn Monroe. His career in his native United States began to decline in 1957, and his American record label dropped him in 1960. He never regained a strong following there and rarely appeared on American television after 1973. His fanbases in the United Kingdom and Australia, however, remained strong until his death in 1990 of complications from liver failure.
British Hit Singles & Albums noted that Ray was “a sensation in the 1950s; the heart-wrenching vocal delivery of ‘Cry’ … influenced many acts including Elvis, and was the prime target for teen hysteria in the pre-Presley days.” Ray’s dramatic stage performances and melancholic songs have been credited by music historians as precursory to later performers ranging from Leonard Cohen to Morrissey.

instruments played
Piano
Vocals
Birth Name

John Alvin Ray

Genres

Traditional pop

Years Active

1951 1989

Name

Johnnie Ray

Nationality

United States of America

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